Aaron Vincent Craft is a Filipino-American professional basketball player for Aquila Basket Trento of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. He played college basketball for The Ohio State University. Craft attended Liberty-Benton High School near Findlay and graduated valedictorian of his class, he was the Ohio Division III player of the year his senior year. He averaged 7 assists and 8 rebounds as a senior with 70 steals, his freshman year he was the starting point guard for their state runner-up team. In his four years, his teams went 88-5. In football, he was the Ohio Division V player of the year. During his junior year his team finished state runner-up in Division V football. In three years of football Craft accumulated over 11,000 yards of total offenses, passing for 6,800 yards and rushing for 4,700 yards both school records, he had a career 73.7% passing percentage. He was the starting quarterback for three years opting out of football his senior year to focus on basketball. In those three years his teams had a 38-4 record.
During Craft's high school years he played on the All-Ohio Red AAU basketball team, with future Ohio State teammates Jared Sullinger and J. D. Weatherspoon, winning three consecutive National Championships, they were the only team to win the AAU Nationals at three different age levels. While growing up Craft's father, John Craft, stressed the importance of defense and how it was more important to be a good defensive player than offensive player; when Craft was in 2nd and 3rd grade, his father, who coached the junior high basketball team, let him join defensive drills during the team practice. One of such drills that Craft remembers as grueling was getting into a defensive stance, slide back and forth across the foul lane while holding onto bricks. Craft was the best starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team playing the point guard position as a freshman, he had recorded the fifth highest minutes played on the team. He steals. Craft set a school record 15 assists in a game during a NCAA tournament game against George Mason.
As a sophomore, he was decorated and featured in Time. As a sophomore, Craft was the catalyst of the 31-8 Men's Ohio State basketball Team. Craft expanded his offensive role, he was an efficient scorer. But his long-range game could improve, only shooting 35.9%. Craft is not known for his shooting but more for his passing and low number of turnovers, with a 2.15 assist to turnover ratio. During his sophomore season Craft averaged 8.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.6 APG, 2.5 SPG. In his junior year at Ohio State, Craft passed former Buckeye Guard Jay Burson for most steals in school history with 205. In the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament against Iowa State, he hit a game-winning three with 0.5 seconds left to send the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16. Craft is the fourth player in Big Ten history to be a three time first team Academic All-America selection and the third athlete in Division I history to repeat as Division I Men's Basketball Academic All-America Team Member of the Year. Craft graduated from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition sciences.
After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Craft participated in the 2014 NBA Summer League, joining the Philadelphia 76ers for the Orlando session and the Golden State Warriors for the Las Vegas session. On September 2, 2014, he signed with the Warriors. However, he was waived by the Warriors on October 24, 2014. On November 3, 2014, he was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors as an affiliate player. On November 14, he made his professional debut in a 122–95 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders, recording five points, four rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 32 minutes. On April 10, 2015, he was named the 2015 D-League Defensive Player of the Year and on April 26, 2015, he won the D-League championship with the Warriors. In July 2015, Craft re-joined the Golden State Warriors for the 2015 NBA Summer League, where he broke the Warriors' Las Vegas assists record for a single summer. Craft had 27 assists in the Summer League, breaking the old mark of 23, set by Brian Chase in 2010. On August 6, 2015, Craft signed with Szolnoki Olaj KK of the Nemzeti Bajnokság I/A in Hungary.
In December 2015, he left Szolnoki after appearing in 10 Eurocup games. On January 7, 2016, he was reacquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors; the next day, he made his season debut for the Warriors in a 101–89 loss to the Iowa Energy, recording eight points, two rebounds, eight assists and four steals in 37 minutes. At the season's end, he earned. On July 31, 2016, Craft signed with Aquila Basket Trento of Italy for the 2016–17 season. On July 2, 2017, Craft signed with AS Monaco. On June 26, 2018, Craft signed a one-year contract with Budućnost VOLI. On November 5, 2018, Craft signed a deal with Aquila Basket Trento. Craft is a Christian. Craft has spoken about his faith saying, "That’s the biggest thing that keeps me humble and keeps things in perspective for me" and "I choose to be a Christian, a student and an athlete." Craft has put his favorite Bible verse, Romans 5:8, on his basketball shoes. Craft is one-fourth Filipino through his paternal grandmother. List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career steals leaders Aaron Craft Ohio State bio Aaron Craft at aba-liga.com Aaron Craft at euroleague.net Aaron Craft at nbadleague.com
Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol
The Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol is the top men's professional club basketball league in Portugal. From the 2008–09 season onward, the competition has been again organised by the Federação Portuguesa de Basquetebol after not having been for 13 seasons; this was caused by the fold of the LCB after many years of financial problems, with the league now being a semi-professional league. Between the 1965–66 and 1973–74 seasons, the league champions were determined by a tournament between the winners of the Campeonato Metropolitano and the champions of the Portuguese colonies Mozambique and Angola, as a similar fashion to the Portuguese Roller Hockey First Division, played during those seasons. However, the first of these tournaments never came to be because of a protest launched by Mozambican team Sporting de Lourenço Marques. Benfica became the second team in basketball history to achieve a perfect regular season in the 2008–09 season, after Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 1970s. Official website Eurobasket.com league page
Roy Devyn Marble is an American professional basketball player for Aquila Basket Trento of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. He played college basketball for the University of Iowa. Marble attended Southfield-Lathrup High School in Michigan; as a junior, he averaged nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. As a senior, he averaged eight rebounds, four assists and 2.5 steals per game. Considered a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Marble was listed as the No. 64 shooting guard in the nation in 2010. 2010 OAA first team 2010 Oakland County Dream Team 2010 Michigan All-Star 2009 Oakland Red first team 2009 All-State first team A two-time team captain of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Marble finished his college career as one of only two Big Ten players since 1985–86 to amass 1,675+ points, 375+ assists, 450+ rebounds and 175+ steals. He finished his career ranked fifth in Iowa career scoring and free throws made, sixth in assists and free throws attempted, seventh in steals, while his 136 games played tied Melsahn Basabe for second all-time at Iowa.
On June 26, 2014, Marble was selected with the 56th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. He was traded to the Orlando Magic on draft night, he joined the Magic for the 2014 NBA Summer League before signing his rookie scale contract with the team on July 24. During his rookie season, he was assigned multiple times to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League. On November 30, 2015, Marble was reassigned to the Erie BayHawks, he was recalled on December 23, reassigned on January 1, 2016, recalled again on January 18. On July 15, 2016, Marble was traded, along with a 2020 second round draft pick, to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for C. J. Wilcox and cash considerations, he was subsequently waived by the Clippers upon being acquired by the team. On August 10, 2016, Marble signed with Greek club Aris for the 2016–17 season, he entered a contract dispute with the team on December 22, 2016, was subsequently released and returned overseas. On January 17, 2017, Marble signed with Italian club Aquila Basket Trento for the rest of the 2016–17 Serie A season.
On April 7, 2017, he parted ways with Trento. In 10 games he averaged 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Marble suffered a season ending knee injury and he returned to USA to have surgery. On July 31, 2018, Marble signed a two-year deal with Aquila Basket. On March 9, 2013, he and his father, Roy Marble, became the first father-son duo to record 1,000 points each in Big Ten Conference history. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Devyn Marble at basketballcl.com Devyn Marble at eurobasket.com Devyn marble at baskethotel.com Roy Devyn Marble at hawkeyesports.com
Davide Pascolo is an Italian professional basketball player for Aquila Basket Trento of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A and the EuroCup. At a height of 2.03 m tall, his primary position is power forward, but he can be used as a small ball center, if needed. Pascolo began his professional career with his home town team of Snaidero Cucine Udine, in the Italian First Division, in the 2008–09 season. Pascolo struggled to become a regular rotation player in the team; that continued after the club was relegated to the Italian Second Division, where Pascolo played with the team for the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons. Pascolo left Udine, he joined Aquila Basket Trento, playing in the Italian 3rd Division, for the 2011–12 season; that proved to be a wise move for Pasdcolo, as the club moved up in the ranks of the Italian basketball league system. They achieved that by first gaining a promotion to the Italian 2nd Division, where they won the Italian 2nd-tier national cup, in 2012–13, he was named to the European 2nd-tier level EuroCup's All-EuroCup First Team, for the 2015–16 season.
On June 17, 2016, Pascolo signed a multi-year deal with the Italian European top-tier level EuroLeague club Olimpia Milano. On July 1, 2018, Pascolo left Olimpia Milano after 2 seasons, where he won one Supercup, one Italian Cup and one Scudetto. On July 24, 2018, Pascolo announced the return to Aquila Basket Trento with a three-year deal. Pascolo was called up to the senior men's Italian national basketball team in 2014, he played a marginal part in the team's EuroBasket 2015 qualification tournament, in which they qualified for the actual main tournament, the EuroBasket 2015. Euroleague.net Profile Eurobasket.com Profile FIBA Archive Profile FIBA Game-Center Profile Legabasket.it Profile
Maurizio Buscaglia is an Italian professional basketball coach. He is the head coach of Aquila Trento. After spending years coaching the youth teams of two clubs in Perugia, two more in Bologna, Buscaglia was offered the head coach role for the 1996–97 season, with Piove di Sacco. For the 2001–02 season, he began as the assistant coach of Bears Mestre in the Serie B, he was named the head coach of the team. In 2003, he was signed by Aquila Trento, of Serie C1, where he stayed until 2007, achieved a league promotion to Serie B in 2005, he went back to Mestre, Perugia Basket, achieving many league promotions. In 2010, he again became the head coach of Aquila Trento. In that following season, he achieved the league promotion to the Serie A2. In the 2013–14 season, he won the Italian LNP Cup and, in the same year, he achieved a league promotion to the Italian top-tier level LBA for the first time. At the end of the 2014–15 Serie A season, his team finished the regular season in fourth place, he was named the Italian League's Coach of the Year.
The 2015–16 EuroCup season was the first season of European-wide competition for him and his team, at the end of the competition, he was named the EuroCup Coach of The Year. EuroCup Coaching Profile Eurobasket.com Coaching Profile Italian League Coaching Profile
Fogo, Cape Verde
Fogo is an island in the Sotavento group of Cape Verde. Its population is 35,837, with an area of 476 km², it reaches the highest altitude of all the islands in Cape Verde, rising to 2,829 metres above sea level at the summit of its active volcano, Pico do Fogo. The eastern side of Fogo collapsed into the ocean 73,000 years ago, creating a tsunami 170 meters high which struck the nearby island of Santiago. Fogo was discovered in 1460 by Genovese captain António de Noli on behalf of Henry the Navigator and the Portuguese Crown, it appeared in a 1598 map as I. de Fogo. Fogo was the second island of Cape Verde, settled by the Portuguese, between 1470 and 1490, making São Filipe the second oldest town of Cape Verde after Cidade Velha; the Fogo volcano erupted both from the summit and from flank fissures, notably in 1680, 1725, 1857, 1951, 1995, 2014-15. The eruption of 1680 covered much of the island in ash, which forced many inhabitants to flee to the nearby island of Brava. Fogo has been susceptible to drought and famine.
In years that the rains during the summer months were insufficient, many inhabitants were menaced by starvation. This occurred several times in the 18th and 19th century, between 1941 and 1943, when 31% of the island population perished; until January 1992 the island was one single municipality, subdivided into four parishes. The southwestern three parishes joined the new municipality of São Filipe and the northeastern parish Nossa Senhora da Ajuda became the municipality of Mosteiros; the parish of Santa Catarina do Fogo was separated from São Filipe in 2005, became the Municipality of Santa Catarina do Fogo. One of the southernmost islands in Cape Verde, Fogo is located between the islands of Santiago to the east and Brava to the west, it is 23.9 km wide. The whole island is a stratovolcano, periodically active: it last erupted in 2014; the largest volcanic feature is Bordeira, a nine-kilometre-wide caldera, which has walls one kilometre high, has a breach in its eastern rim. Two small villages and Bangaeira, exist in the floor of the caldera.
The island's main city is São Filipe, near which are a port. Fogo is an agricultural, fertile island; the north-eastern part receives the most precipitation. Key bird species of Fogo are Boyd's shearwater and Cape Verde swift; the endemic plants Echium vulcanorum and Erysimum caboverdeanum are only found on the outer crater rim of the volcano of Fogo. Being mountainous, this island has quite a number of climates. Along the coast Fogo has a moderate dry tropical climate according to the Köppen–Geiger climate classification system; the average annual temperature on the coast is about 23–25 °C, decreasing to some 12–14 °C on the highest ground. There can be remarkably cool weather in the interior, with the warmer wet season starting in July and ending in November, with the colder dry season starting in December and ending in May. Drought, the major climate risk of Cape Verdean islands, is much less pronounced on Fogo, due to the mountain's ability to gain moisture from clouds. During the mid-nineteenth century, Fogo suffered from severe droughts.
Death from starvation was common in the 1830s. In the 1830s, Fogo had an estimated human population of 10,000. In 2015, Fogo had 35,837 inhabitants, making it the fourth most populous island in the Cape Verde archipelago after Santiago, São Vicente and Santo Antão. Since 2015, there are two towns in the island; the official language of Fogo is Portuguese. The economy of the island is based on agriculture and fishing, with coffee and wine among the main products. In the 1830s, Fogo's wine was described as being "very superior." Due to its volcanic soil Fogo's coffee has a good reputation. The island has experienced a substantial diaspora. Many households live off remittances from emigrants in the U. S. and in European countries. Fogo fosters strong connections to Rhode Island and to Massachusetts, where many people with Cape Verdean origin live. Tourism is becoming popular; the volcano is the island's major attraction but many visitors come to see relatives. The historic city of São Filipe and Chã das Caldeiras in the volcanic crater receive the bulk of visitors.
No great tourism facilities exist, but there are small hotels and bed-and-breakfasts and local guides offer hiking tours. The island is divided in three municipalities, which are subdivided into civil parishes: Mosteiros Nossa Senhora da Ajuda Santa Catarina do Fogo Santa Catarina do Fogo São Filipe Nossa Senhora da Conceição São Lourenço The island has a domestic airport, São Filipe Airport, located in the southwest of the island. There is a port at Vale de Cavaleiros near São Filipe, with ferry connections to the islands of Brava and Santiago. There are two first class national roads on Fogo: the Fogo Circular Road and the road linking São Filipe and the island's port; the main football teams are Académica do Fogo, Cutelinho, Spartak d'Aguadinha and Vulcânicos. Pedro Cardoso, poet Zé Luís, footballer Pedro Pires, first Prime Minister and 3rd President of
Lega Basket Serie A
The Lega Basket Serie A abbreviated as LBA, known for sponsorship reasons as the Serie A PosteMobile, is a professional men's club basketball league, organised in Italy since 1920. It constitutes the highest-tier level of the Italian league pyramid; the LBA, played under FIBA rules consists of 16 teams, with the lowest-placed team relegated to the Serie A2 and replaced by the winner of the play-offs of that division. A total of 99 teams have competed in the LBA since its inception. Seventeen teams have been crowned champions, with Olimpia Milano winning the title a record 28 times, Virtus Bologna 15 times. According to FIBA Europe's and Euroleague Basketball's national league coefficients, the LBA was the overall top ranked national domestic league in Europe, for the period 1958 to 2007. Today, the LBA is considered to be one of the top European national basketball leagues, its clubs have won the most EuroLeague championships, the most FIBA Saporta Cups, the most FIBA Korać Cups. The league is run by the Lega Basket, itself regulated by the FIP, the Italian Basketball Federation.
On 4 May 2016 Virtus Bologna was relegated to Serie A2 Basket for the first time in its history after finishing in the last position of the 2015–16 Lega Basket Serie A. On 7 October 2016, following an investigation for accounting and fiscal fraud, the Court of the Italian Basketball Federation has revoked the championship titles awarded to Mens Sana Siena for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons, two Italian Cups and the 2013 Supercoppa; the revocation came after the prosecutor's office recommended such measures following the charging of club leaders with receiving stolen goods, criminal association for tax fraud and fraudulent bankruptcy. Former general manager, Ferdinando Minucci, vice president Paola Serpi and sports director Olga Finetti were all removed from their positions. Under the name Montepaschi Siena, derived from sponsor Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the club was a dominant presence in Serie A, winning 5 titles in a row from 2006-07 to 2010-11, besides the two more titles now revoked by the Italian Federation, whilst challenging for titles in Europe.
On 18 April 2017, CONI annulled the decision of the Italian Basketball Federation. After financial problems caused the club to go bankrupt in 2014, it moved down to the fourth division, it is now in the second division. Egidio Bianchi, President of LBA, said. Bianchi announces that the league will increase controls to prevent similar cases from happening again, he said: "we will propose stricter checks which should enter into force as early as the next season begin; the goal is to have more detailed documentation for admission of teams at the Italian League and more accurate controls during the season". In December 2016 took place in Rome the assembly of Lega Basket during which the president Egidio Bianchi has communicated to all the clubs to have reached the multi-year agreement with PosteMobile, an Italy-based mobile virtual network operator owned by Poste italiane Group, that will become the Title Sponsor of the LBA. From 1993 to 2016, the Lega Basket Serie A had title sponsorship rights sold to eight companies.
From the end of the 2015–16 season, Lega Basket Serie A has a new sponsor. The Turkish brand Beko left Serie A after four years of sponsorship. Beko decided to focus just on their sponsorship of the Spanish football team Barcelona and left all the basketball leagues around Europe they sponsored. In December 2016, President Egidio Bianchi has communicated to have reached an agreement with PosteMobile that will become the Title Sponsor of the LBA; the competition format follows the usual double round-robin format. During the course of a season, which lasts from October to May, each club plays every other club twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 30 games. Teams receive no points for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points. At the end of the season, the eight best teams in the standings start a play-off, pitting the first place team in the standings versus the 8th place team in the standings, so on. There are three playoff rounds; the Quarterfinals are best of five, while the finals series are best of seven.
The winner of the finals round becomes the champion of the LBA. Each season, the last qualified club of the regula reason is relegated to Serie A2 Basket, is replaced by the winner of the playoffs of this league. LBA clubs must play in arenas that seat at least 3,500 people. From 2017–18 season, clubs must host their home playoffs matches in arenas that have a seating capacity of at least 5,000 people. In April 11, 2017, the Italian Basketball Federal Council unanimously decided that from 2018–19 LBA season, all matches will be played in arenas with a minimum capacity of 5,000 seats; each team is allowed either five or seven foreign players under two formulas: 5 foreigners from countries outside the European Union 3 foreigners from countries outside the E. U. 4 foreigners from E. U. countries Each club can choose the 5+5 formula, that consists of five Italian players and five foreign players, the 3+4+5 formula, with five Italian players, three foreigners from countries outside the E. U. and four foreigners from E.
U. countries or "Cotonou Countries". At the end of the season there will be a prize of €500.000,00 for the top three ranked teams, that had chosen the 5+5 formula, considering the playing time of Italian players, €200.000,00